Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Vicki Salzman has been coming to the group for a long time and will start blogging and posting her work soon. In the meantime I am posting these images of her oil paintings for her. She has been working for many years on her portraiture skills and will describe that process below. I really like the way she uses the picture plane in this group of paintings.
Vicki says, " The figure painting group helped me narrow my selection of paintings to these 4 for our upcoming show in September at the Firehouse Gallery North. These paintings are the result of 6 years of studies with the master San Francisco portraitist, Bob Gerbracht. Bob's method includes learning to do a precise rendering of the model's face, before once can begin to add color. Color is then applied in a relational way. Each painted area is influenced and affected by the color next to it: background to hair, hair to shadow-side of face, shadow-side to lit area of face. Highlights come last. It is a very methodical way of painting, but one can get remarkably good results."
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
For many weeks now, I've been trying to break out of my typical
portrait style. I wanted to do something less literal, more expressive, abstract, daring. Most
of my efforts in that direction have disappointed me, but this painting of Prudence is finally a step in the right direction.